The Politics of fear and loathing: How 9/11 changed America

Fifteen years after the Twin Towers came down, a Republican candidate is running on a platform of fearmongering and race-baiting

11th September, 2016
Smoke pours from the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 in New York Pic: Robert Giroux/Getty

Fifteen years ago today, 19 terrorists struck at the heart of the US’s financial centre and its defence headquarters. The Twin Towers and the Pentagon – the global icons of capitalism and the nerve centre of the world’s sole military superpower – were the targets of low-tech, high-concept attacks that left the US reeling, stunned by their audacity and deadly precision.

And in the ultimate irony, the US and global media filmed...

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